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Old 09-01-2012, 02:46 AM
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Default First time in saltwater, line question.

I'm covered for floating line

Cabelas has the SA mastery series intermediate striper line on sale in both a slower and a faster sink rate. Which should I get for Rockypoint, (puerta Penasco) Mexico.

It's basic surf fishing but it seems a bit calmer that other places I have seen.

The slow rate is 1.25 to 1.75 IPS

The fast rate is 3.75 to 6.50

I wish I could get both, but not this month.

Which would be more useful?
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:31 PM
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Default Re: First time in saltwater, line question.

For me it would depend on two factors:
1. The surf conditions
2. Your quary

I use an intermediate or sinking line if fish are deeper than 15-20'. From the surf your rarely casting into waters that deep. The second reason is if the surf is rough or the tide and rips are too strong for me to keep a floating line where I want it. If your fishing in calm waters or a back bay from the surf the floating line should be all you need. If your set on buying one of the two lines I would go with the faster sink rate line.
I think a 1.25-1.75IPS line is useless. You can get that sort of depth with a Clouser and 15' leader on a floating line.
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Default Re: First time in saltwater, line question.

Thank you. That is what I was think.

I do already have a floating line, and a class III sink tip. I've been reading a lot and it seems that if it's rough any floating line will just get drug around by the waves, so I might want a full sink.
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Default Re: First time in saltwater, line question.

Stay away from full sink lines. Getting them back to the surface to cast them just isn't worth the pain. I owned one, I hated it so much that i cut the running line off and made it a shooting head. Those waves that everyone complains about are your friends, they tell you where the fish are. Waves roll in towards shore and break when they get to a sandbar. If you see waves breaking that means the water is deeper right behind the break. That's where the predators hide. Don't avoid surf conditions, read them and you'll find fish. If you can cast a floating line behind breaking waves you'll be fine.
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Default Re: First time in saltwater, line question.

I use a full sink line in the surf when conditions call for it and that would be when the wind is up into the 20 knot range.
Other than that I fish a floating line.
For me it's important to be able to make a quick pick-up and mend over a breaker or dead drift a fly right in the trough. Things you can't do with any sinking line
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Default Re: First time in saltwater, line question.

I noticed you mention Mexico. If that striper line is intended for cold water, it may not perform well in hot tropical temperatures.
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